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High Holidays

September 12, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Sermon

[caption id="attachment_9704" align="alignright" width="318"] God’s presence surrounds us every moment.[/caption] When I was in my last year of graduate school, I worked at a synagogue in Malibu, CA.  I would drive through cities, streets lined with strip malls turning onto a highway, then to narrow roads surrounded by brush and no cell service.   My car would finally climb up the last hill and I would be overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean before driving down to sea level.  The view was incredible…the first time. After a couple of weeks, I was distracted making a to-do list in my head as I approached my job.  After the first month, I almost didn’t notice the view.  I then decided that I was missing something[...]

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High Holidays


By Beth Mordecai
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Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Sermon

How many of you have called out to a loved one and used the wrong name? Did you have a dog or cat growing up and was accidentally called their name by your parents? Growing up I would sometimes hear: Donna, Steve, Rusty, Samantha I mean Sara come here. When my father would call me my mother or brother’s name it wasn’t so bad, when he got to the cat or dog’s names… I didn’t love it.  Then my father would look at me and say, well you know who you are.  Like my father, I do this too. I cycle through the kids’ names before landing on the correct one.  I too then look at the child I’m calling and declare, “Well[...]

Category : High Holidays Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Rosh Hashanah Sermons

High Holidays


By Beth Mordecai
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Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon

King Solomon challenged his wisest advisors to find him a ring that when worn could make a person cherish their joy and bring comfort in their sadness.  The advisor searched high and low. With the deadline to the challenge approaching, the advisor went to the local market where he found ring with the following words engraved on it, “Gam ze ya’avor. This, too, shall pass.” King Solomon was delighted that his advisor had completed this seemingly impossible task. He saw when he was melancholy, the message on the ring would comfort him and remind him of sunnier days ahead. When he was at the height of contentment, the ring would humble him and remind him of life’s fleeting nature. Legend has[...]

Category : High Holidays Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Rosh Hashanah Sermons

High Holidays

September 22, 2017
By Beth Mordecai
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President’s Message, Rosh Hashanah 2017

Does anyone else feel like this year has flown by?  It seems as if we were just here and I was speaking to you about feeling the true impact of Rosh Hashanah.  It has been quite a year filled with highs and lows, but the beauty of this holiday, is that we are able to wipe the slate clean and begin again.  For me, this upcoming year is truly about new and different.  But this isn’t just about me, it’s about all of you too.  We all have the chance to begin fresh with new outlooks and new goals.   And I have to say that being here, today with all of you on Rosh Hashanah, fills me with anticipation and[...]

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High Holidays

September 7, 2017
By bethmordecai
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High Holidays 5778 (2017)

Erev Rosh Hashanah is Weds, Sept 20. Please join us. Click the title link for complete High Holiday information.

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High Holidays

October 2, 2016
By bethmordecai
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2016/5777 High Holiday Letter – Embracing our Truest Selves

Dear Hevreh, Whenever the High Holidays come around, it always seems that there is pressure to make these days count more than others. From the perspective of the “Jew in the pew,” this is when we have the strongest sense of obligation, need, or guilt to show up to shul; from the perspective of synagogue leadership, this is when we can engage the most number of people and make sure our financial house is in order (our very own version of “Black Friday”); and from the perspective of clergy, this is when we have the chance to make the biggest difference in people’s lives, when our hearts and our minds are open to the idea of change and we’re all hoping[...]

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High Holidays

September 27, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Yizkor Appeal from Past President Norman Silverstein

YIZKOR APPEAL - Listen to Past President Norman's Silverstein moving Yizkor appeal to donate to Beth Mordecai in honor of our deceased loved ones... [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Yom-Kippur-Yizkor-Appeal.mp4"][/video] Donate today!

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Kol Nidre by Cantor Rav Bronwen Mullin

KOL NIDRE -- Listen to Cantor/Rav Bronwen Mullin's beautiful rendition of Kol Nidre... Click below to listen! [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Kol-Nidre.wav"][/audio]   You may also enjoy Cantor Mullin's moving hineni prayer from Rosh Hashanah, 5776 (2015). NOTE: Rabbi Mullin has completed rabbinic school and is working in Manhattan. She will not be joining us for High Holidays this year. Our 5778 High Holiday cantor is Anna R. Chapman. Additional information coming soon.

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The Organ Plays Kol Nidre

ORGAN MUSIC - Listen to our historic organ play the hallowed music of Kol Nidre... [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Organ.wav"][/audio]

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